5 Ways To Show Your Appreciation For The People In Your Life

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Gratitude, gratitude. It reciprocates and it helps us to enjoy life more. It sounds easy to put in practice, but I feel like many of us just don’t. Reasons?Really have no clue, but its benefits could convince you. So below, there’s 5 simple reasons to show gratitude or appreciation to people in your life.

1. Try to be an active listener

Really listening to what others have to say it is pretty important. It is a sign that we respect them and their work or time. It is annoying when you are talking about something, either at the office in a meeting, or when you go out in town with a bunch of friends and people are not listening to you. They either scroll on Social Media, look for shoes or God knows what else, there are always people who are not listening. It makes you feel pretty bad, like whatever you are saying makes no sense or is not interesting at all, when it’s really not like that. Try to stay off your phone in social situations like going out, job meetings or dinner with your loved ones. Pay attention to what they have to say, you never know what kind of information you may get and they will pay you back the same way, by actually listening to your opinion and what you have to say. It is a form of respect…

2. Give out compliments

I know, it is kinda of hard when we only see problems everywhere. But life is made out of problems, good problems. Take a look at the big problem, split it in small steps then whenever a step is completed by yourself or someone else, just give it a go. Giver yourself a compliment or give the other person a compliment for a job done. Again, we are creatures of habit, we are what we repeatedly do. So after you started doing this and see some minor benefits, try to do it on a regular basis. Now, please don’t go too far. Don’t compliment same person every day twice, 5 days a week and a weekend reminder…

3. Donate to a charity

Again, we have bills, kids to support, a household to run. But, it does not have to be a crazy amount of money each month. It could be something small, like whatever you can afford, or you don’t even have to donate money, it could be something else. You might think that if you donate 20 USD monthly, that is a really small amount and no one is actually going to benefit, so why to donate in the first place ? Well, imagine a small community of individuals, like 1000 people. If each person in this community donates 5 dollars to a charity or for a good cause, the total would be 5000 USD, which is not that bad. This just from a small amount of people. It will also make us feel better about ourselves, by realising how much we actually have, but we are never aware of it. Let’s try it out.. it does not hurt.

4. Smile more.

Again, I feel we don’t smile as we should. We can always find some reasons to smile I guess, though sometimes it can be difficult, depending on what’s happening in our lifes. A nice sunshine, a blue ski, a good conversation, fresh bed sheets or a hot shower, all these little things have the power to make us smile. And if we cannot find joy in the small things, right now in our lifes, how are we going to be able to find happiness and joy in the big ones ? Also, smiling is contagious. No more words needed here, we all know what do we have to do.

5. Tip well for a good service.

Like really. I’ve been working myself in the Food and Beverage Industry and honestly, it is tough. You have to run like a dog, everybody wants more Coke, fresh ketchup, fries are cold, kitchen is looking for you because your ticket is messed up and so on. Been there, done that. If your server is doing a great job please take good care of him. This might be different in EU, AU or USA but I am sure there is some sort of standard. I remember when I was working back in the days and I had a big table of 10-15 people. Service went great, nothing to complain, expensive wine and food. They all smiled to me when they left (remember reason no. 4) and I smiled back to them because we smile and we are grateful and they tipped me like 5% on a pretty big bill. Dissapointed. Don’t be like that.

5 simple and handy ways to show appreciation to people in our life. I am sure there is a ton of ways out there, but I tried to sum up just a few, enough not to get you bored but interested…

To have or not to have a dog

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Topic of the day: to have or not to have a dog. In this article I will try to shine a light on PROS and CONS of having a dog in your household.

The idea is simple, Pro’s and Cons. I will start with Pro’s.

  • Dogs are fun and emphatic – like I mean it, lots of fun, lots of love

I rememeber when I was a child, growing up in my parents house. We used to have a German Sheppard puppy. He was the after school joy, always in the mood to play around, always cheer me up when I was not in my best mood. Unconditional love and joy. Snuggle on the couch with him, running in the backyard, barking. (him, not me, just in case anyone’s wondering) Not sure if it happens to every dog owner out there, but they have a weird, funny habit. They love stealing either a shoe or a sock. I don’t really understand where is coming from, at those specific moments I used to get annoyed, but now when I look back, I really don’t care anymore about socks or shoes. Also, a dog has the ability to understand you, he does not need words. If you had a bad day, he is going to notice that and he will try to make you happy. Funny thing is, most of the times he is able to do that. If you are sad, he is going to be pretty sad too, if happy, well, he is happy too.

  • Reminder of being more present in our lifes

It is simple and maybe we should all learn from that. When a dog is tired, he takes a nap, if he is hungry he eats or asks for food, or if he is in the mood to play that’s what he is going to do. Nothing more, nothing less. They don’t really think of what happened yesterday, or what is going to happen tomorrow, worries, fears and all the miracles of the human brain. They just enjoy the present moment, whatever would that be and that’s it. A small lesson for joy and happiness maybe.

  • Incredibly loyal and unconditional love. Period

He really does not care if you gained pounds or lost pounds, he will not judge you if you are having a terrible hangover, lost your job, payed your taxes or whatever mentioned. He is there no matter what. As mentioned above, unconditional love. Have you ever watched those videos at the airport with American soldiers coming back home and surprising their dogs? The amount of joy, the sounds they make or how they jump in the owner’s arms says it all. Love, no words needed, no description, no hashtags, just love in its pure form.

Now the fun part, it is not all glamorous and bling- bling, we know that, let’s see some of the CONs of having a dog.

  • Maintenance

Having a dog is more work than you may think. Specially on the maintenance side, let’s put it like that. Some of them need to be brushed from time to time, or maybe their nails need to be clipped once in a while, bath, medical tests and insurance, bath, you name it. Having a dog is so so rewarding but in the same time it is a pretty big responsability. If you want him happy and you want him to give you back some of that happiness you have to take care of thim. Period.

  • Attention

They need it. Like really. They need your attention, they need you to play with them often, annoy them, spend some time with them or take them for a short walk in the morning or afternoon. They really feel things emotionally and they are not afraid to show it, if they are left alone, they feel that way and it is going to impact them in a negative way. If not sure you can provide the attention needed or you do not really have the time for that it is better not to buy or adopt a dog, just for now. There is nothing more sad than a sad dog. Well maybe there is, but it is still pretty sad.

  • It is pretty expensive to own a dog

Another pretty big thing to take in consideration. Owning a dog is pretty expensive, with all the toys, food, medical expenses or any other accesories, they all add up to the budget you know. So I would say at the end of the month if you do the math you would probably need a few extra bucks in the pocket just for them. So be aware of your budgets, you don’t want to buy him and feed him with grass, no no, not going to work.

All done, Tremo friends. A few PROS and CONS of owning a dog. In my opinion, it is a big responsability, honestly, but the rewards are pretty amazing to be honest. So think about it...

5 Mom Influencers to follow on Instagram

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I had a thought this morning and I decided to write it down. Best spot ? On our blog, of course, so stay tuned !

A random idea popped up in my head this morning. I guess the rainy days of London can become a good source of inspiration. (just sometimes, I don’t like rain) So I decided to share it on our Blog and I picked 5 Influencers with relevant content for different topics in a Mum’s life. Topics are mentioned below, alongisde with a personal point of view for each one of them.

  • Nutrition for babies/toddlers
  • Parenting Humor
  • Educational tips for babies/toddlers
  • Fashion and style for Mums
  • Workout for Mums

Nutrition for babies/toddlers – Annabel Karmel

First topic picked is Nutrition. From my perspective, this is one is one of the most important topics in our kids lifes. We want them to grow healthy and happy. I consider myself a little bit obsessed when it comes to Health both physically and mentally so I try to be very careful with what I eat, what kind of Information I consume or how do I talk with myself. Going back to Nutrition though, I picked Annabel’s profile due to a few reasons. She is a Mom herself and a writer about Nutrition so obviously she is providing accurate information on topic. On her wesite, recipes are divided by age range, meal times, dish types , ingredients, family and much more. So everything you need, divided by category and also lots of accurate information about other topics as well. So, good place to start, check it out !

Parenting Humor – Stay at Homies

Humor. Important. Actually very important, according to some researchers. I don’t know where they from, don’t ask me that. The idea is that laughing is a small joy, we all had at least one moment in our daily lifes when we were about to punch someone in the face but we read that good joke, or we heard that funny person saying who knows what. Humor and laughing in general makes life easier, smiling and giggling is a must. There is a saying I like “don’t take yourself too seriously”. I guess it says a lot. So go ahead, scroll down her Feed for some funny Parenting Stuff, there is no need for description. Humor is just humor.

Educational tips for our babies/toddlers – simplylearning

Education starts when you are young. Very young in some cases. Pretty much that is a time-frame when you don’t feel pressured yet by things like bills, career, Netflix’s latest TV Shows or all the other joys of the capitalist world. So this is the point where you spark creativity in your kid, now it’s the time to discover things and play around. Kaitlyn is a Mom herself, a home educator and her motto is “making learning manageable and fun” for the busy moms out there, aka all moms. So go ahead, check her website and her Instagram account, you might find useful stuff !

Fashion and Style for Mums – Christine Andrew

Oh boy. Only if they would have the time needed. Style does not need any kind of description, is something most of us like I guess, we all want to look good and feel good. Luckily, nowadays you can find pretty much anything you like in regards of Styling and Fashion, there’s always deals everywhere and also lots of small brands with not so pricey outfits. Our choice on this topic is Christine from hellofashionblog. Inspiring outfits, beauty tips, travel and family, all in one place. Check out her feed and blog, it is inspiring indeed !

Workout – Ebonny Fowler

Working out is crazy nowadays. Everywhere on TV, Ads, Radio or whatever the importance of working out is highlighted and for a good reason. Fitness does not have to be that crazy schedule of waking up at 5 AM to go to the gym and stuff yourself with a bunch of supplements, strict dieting or “red pills” stuff where you get a six-pack overnight. No, the idea behind is that we need to move more, stretch our bodies and muscles. That’s it. I feel like this is a direct result of our lifestyle – sitting down way too much, either at the office or our own car or just laying down on the couch too much. This has to be compensated somehow. Find time for a few minutes of home workout everyday, Pilates, Yoga or walk more instead of driving, all these small actions add up and they make your body better. Our mention here is Ebonny Fowler, her profile has lots of simple workouts divided by muscle groups, with/without equipment and some of them can be executed from home. Check it out.

This was it pretty much. The Tuesday morning thought. I really hope you enjoyed it and most important I hope you’ve got some good insights out of it. Remember, information is key…

First Signs of Christmas | #TremoChristmas

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Today marks exactly 44 days until the big day! Here at Tremo Books, we’ll be giving you all the tools to have the best Christmas.

Every week we’ll be posting three seasonal challenges – they might make for ideal photography sessions or fun activities for all the family.  Right up until Christmas you’ll have 24 things to get stuck into. Share your photos using the hashtag #TremoChristmas.

This week we’re focussing on how to kick your Christmas prep off in style! The countdown to Black Friday and your Christmas shopping is well and truly on. Have a read of our next three seasonal challenges to kick off the festive period.

1. Write a letter to Santa

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This is a great activity to do with your kids. Bring out the cookies and hot chocolates to turn this into a real festive evening. There’s even a variety of organisations you can send it to who will even write back! If you’re in the UK the address you need is:

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa’s Grotto,
Reindeerland,
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Unfortunately, Santa is very busy this time of year so using the address above, he might not have time to reply to everyone. Make an evening of it though and it’s an easy way of finding out what your kid wants this Christmas!

Santa is working with the Royal Institute of Blind People this year so if your child is blind or partially sighted then the address you need is: Santa Claus, RNIB, Midgate House, Peterborough, PE1 1TN. Santa’s elves will then send a reply in braille/large print. Alongside the letter include the child’s name, age and home address, a telephone number (in case there’s a query), as well as what format you require – either uncontracted or contracted Braille, a specific large font size, or audio CD. Make sure you get the letters sent in by 2nd December to make sure you get a reply. If you miss this deadline then Santa also has emails! Send an email before 20th December to santa@rnib.org.uk and you’ll get a reply.

2. Something you’re reading

Christmas shouldn’t be stressful so make sure you take time to relax. There are so many activities you can get stuck into. Whether you’re into e-readers or your traditional paperback book there’s a book out there for everyone. This time of year is a perfect time to pick up bargain Christmas books. Grab a hot drink and turn your reading session into some photgraphy.

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3. Christmas Lights are here!

Christmas lights have started to spring up across the UK and beyond. It won’t be long before they get turned on in your area. They can make for some amazing festive photos. All you need is a tripod – or something to rest your camera on. If you’re going when it’s dark, set a fairly high ISO around 800. Use a quick shutter speed to reduce camera shake. The important thing to remember is experimenting is a good thing! You might get loads of dodgy pictures but the great ones will make it all worth it!

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Check back next week for your next installment of our #TremoChristmas.

 

 

 

A few reasons why a photo book is a meaningful gift idea

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Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.

This blog post is a result of a conversation I was having with a friend of mine, one of those conversations that sticks with you, just like other things in life. We talked about time and how we waste it on irrelevant things sometimes, but that is a discussion for a different topic. What stayed with me is in the following lines:

– “What is the best way to stop time for a second ?”

-“Take a photo” he said, time stops when you take a photo, right ?

Christmas is coming by fast and as we already know, a favorite part of it is presents for family, friends, dogs, and whoever is important to each one of us. So, we decided to give you a few reasons for why we think a photo book could be an award winning thing when talking about meaningful gifts.

No one can ever take your memories from you

No matter what will happen, a photo book will stay with you. Sure, it is going to get dusty, but from time to time, you will take it out and relive those moments. Wisdom and advice from our grandparents, joy of a high school friendship, pain of a breakup (really, don’t put that in a photo book), satisfaction with your children to see them growing up while they heavily helped you to age faster. Delightful, right? These are all small recipes for happiness. Our family and friends equals big parts of happiness. Anything else could make your life easier but not fulfilled. So take a second and go through your memories, do you feel the emotion attached?

Your life is your story

It is personal, no one else has the same story as you. I think there’s a few ways to tell something about a person. There is a saying that I like: “if you wanna know someone just look at who they surround themselves with”. Let me look at their photos, either online or physical and I would probably be able to tell a few things about them, what they like, what they do or how they do it. Like a memoir, but with photos.

Builds better relationships aka big part of life

We’re all humans and I think this applies to all of us. When you look through your memories, those peaceful evenings by the fire or on the porch, you see some of your old friends in. You might want to send a text to some of them, see what’s happening in their lives, if they are close relatives, you probably know that, but you might see things differently. Maybe you’ll realize how much they’ve done for you in certain moments, so that connection becomes stronger. As mentioned earlier, life’s about connections and connecting dots between them, so go ahead, look at some photos. See if you miss someone, shoot them a text and strengthen the connection. It is easy, handy and it’s rewarding.

Great Christmas activity to do with your loved ones

We talked about the importance of connections in life, but there is another small ingredient to complete the recipe. An important event, like Christmas, which is a reason for gathering loved ones around you and tell stories. First, your family, take them all around the Christmas tree and look through photos, take new ones and just be there, I cannot really explain that in words, you have to feel it…sometimes, meeting with family for Christmas, means going back in our hometown, so it is a good time to meet old peeps from high school or college. Meet with them, besides having a great time, you never know what kind of opportunity might arise. Maybe it’s a job related thing, partnership or a recommendation. You never know if you do not try.

Be present here and now, stop fantasizing about future

This might be a tricky one to explain, but let me try. The first rational question would be something like: “If I stare at all these photos and memories, won’t this make me live in the past for a while ?”…well, short answer is yes, but the question we want you to ask yourself is more like “How was I able to do these things? I want to do more…” then the answer lies, here and now, be present, life is now, you create your future memories now, every day. Be more present in your life, take more photos, I don’t really want to say “live everyday like it’s your last one”, that is black and white type of thinking from my perspective, you can’t really be so thrilled about your life every single day, but live it wise enough to be able to create those memories…

Photography is a form of expressing ourselves, when our words can’t find words to say what they feel. (deep one, ha?) Here, at Tremo Books, these reasons are enough to work hard and print memories for people around the world, make them happy and present. Remember, connecting dots.

It’s Nearly Christmas! | #TremoChristmas

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Today marks exactly 8 weeks until the big day and here at Tremo Books, we’ll be giving you all the tools to have the best Christmas.

Every week we’ll be posting with three seasonal challenges – they might make for ideal photography sessions or fun activities for all the family.  Right up until Christmas you’ll have 24 things to get stuck into. Share your photos using the hashtag #TremoChristmas.

This week we’re focussing on the first signs of Christmas. Halloween has been and gone and Christmas fever has well and truly hit the shelves. Have a read of our first three seasonal challenges to kick off the festive period.

1. The Golden Hour

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If you’re not an early bird then get your photos a bit later in the day. If you’re after those Instagram hits, golden hour light is where you need to be! Just before it starts to get dark there’s always some beautiful light (as long as it’s sunny!). It’s a perfect time to get those autumnal selfies, group shots and leaf close-ups.

If you’d rather stay inside in the warm, there’s so many options for you! Shorter nights make for ideal movie nights. Think making some popcorn for all the family and hot chocolates! A good swirl of chocolate makes for a delicious close-up shot.

2. Christmas Baking Galore!

Right about now you might be thinking about preparing your Christmas Cake. We love using this recipe. If you’re not a fan of Christmas Cake or have another favourite Christmas bake, this is the week to get stuck in! If you fancy turning it into photography challenge, get the kids making it and you taking the photos! Whether that’s the actual mixture, finished products or your kids having the time of the life – there’s something for everyone!

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3. Christmas Adverts are here!

Gettting festive before December is becoming easier an easier with Christmas adverts hitting our screens right now. Keep your eyes peeled as they come out. Here in the UK, some companies have made the release of their Christmas ads traditions – take the annual release of the John Lewis advert for one! Some don’t go down so well though. ASDA released their Christmas ad a couple of days ago. In the process of releasing it they sent viewers into a frenzy “forecasting” high levels of Northern Lights activity across the South East of England. Sadly there were no Northern Lights to be seen – but we can carry on hoping!

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Check back next week for your next installment of our #TremoChristmas.

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why Photo Books and Gifts are the Most Meaningful of all…

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With Halloween out the way, Christmas has begun (well sort of!). The most organised amongst you will have started thinking about your Christmas shopping. Buying presents year after year can get increasingly harder. There’s so many photo gifts out there – whether you opt for one of our Tremo Books or other personalised gifts. Photo gifts may be the answer to all of your problems!

1. You decide the content!

Time is so valuable – spend it on your family’s Christmas gift and it’s sure to be the most meaningful gift they get this Christmas. What’s better than a gift that you’ve designed? Remember that whatever gift you choose you can be sure that there’s no other product like that on the market. It’s the ultimate in unique – just perfect for the person who has everything!

If you’re not sure what photos to use – think about your loved one’s favourite holiday destination. You could pick photos from somewhere they’ve not been able to visit for a while? Why not use photos from some kind of family event – or maybe a university graduation?

2. Make your holiday memories last a lifetime!

Photo gifts are perfect to make your holiday memories last a lifetime. You can take your photos off your phone to make the perfect coffee table book for you and your family to look through. You could get every holiday turned into a photo book – think of the collection you could build up!

3. You can put down your screens

Stepping away from your digital life is always a good step to take. Taking your photos off the computer will really help you to do this. Digital files aren’t always safe, but tangible photos are! Photo gifts can be treasured for years to come and are way more tangible than a digital file.

4. It’s useful AND personalised

Useful can also look good! With the huge array of personalised photo gifts available, you can get something your loved one can use every single day. From mugs to notepads and gadget cases there’s something for everyone.

If you know anyone who’s just gone off to University this September than photo gifts are a particularly good option. Personalised blankets with their favourite photo will help them stay warm and cozy this winter.

Why not get a Tremo Book for your family this Christmas?

(Photos from @the.becki.edit on Instagram)

5. Gather the inspiration and document progress

Whether there’s a big project coming up or you want to document progress of a particular life event a photo book could be the perfect gift idea. Taking on a big project like renovating a house, building a business, getting in shape or even just dedicating a few months to making a more complete you, nothing is more rewarding than seeing where you started and what you’ve achieved over time.

Photo Books could be a trophy of your loved one’s achievements. If nothing else it’s a chance to put into practice some of the tips we’ve put on this blog! If you’re after a kickstart with your photography keep an eye out for our #TremoChristmas. Every week from today leading up until Christmas we’ll be posting three challenges for you to get stuck into! 

A Photo Book could be the perfect gift for anyone doing some interior design. Having a stack of photo books could be the perfect decoration and momento to treasure forever.

How to Have the Ultimate Halloween Night In

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Not a fan of trick or treating? Well here’s our ultimate guide to have the best – and most spooky fun family night in with the kids! Tag us on social media (@tremo.books) with how you’re spending Halloween.

Carve some pumpkins!

These are always a winner and will keep your kids super entertained this Halloween. You can pick up a bargain pumpkin from your local supermarket. There’s loads of tried and tested ideas on the web for the spookiest designs. Make sure you keep your kids away from sharp knives. Try painting your pumpkins for a totally safe craft. If you fancy being a bit more adventurous but within the boundaries of safety then use some battery operated tealights. It’s also a safer way of putting a candle into the middle of a pumpkin. To keep your pumpkin lasting the longest, scoop out the middle from the bottom.

You could print out a design on standard paper. Get some pins then you can pin prick an outline onto your pumpkin. Use this as a guide to carve out your masterpiece. Have a look at these ideas for some inspiration.

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Watch a spooky movie

There’s so many classics out there to keep the whole family entertained this Halloween. Turn out the lights and grab the popcorn. We’ve picked our top 5 Halloween films that you can watch on Netflix.

  1. Hotel Transylvania – this Disney classic is perfect for all the family, so give it a watch and see what Dracula gets up to!
  2. Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed – possibly one for your smaller ones, or older kids up for a throwback to their younger years.
  3. In the Tall Grass: If you’re after something a bit more dramatic this could be for you. It follows a pregnant woman and her brother who hear a boy’s cry. But of course it isn’t as straight forward as first meets the eye.
  4. Nanny McPhee – This classic film follows a widowed Mr Brown and his domineering Aunt. Nanny McPhee comes in to save the day – and control the naughty children, sound familiar? 🙂
  5. Haunted – Definitely not one for the kids before bed, but if you’re after a series instead of a film then go for this one. Real people sit down with friends and family to share chilling and terrifying true stories – watch the spooky reenactments.

Our bonus pick: If all this Halloween stuff is too much and you’d rather skip a season – jump straight to watching Arthur Christmas. It’s the story of a boy and his desperate attempts to uphold the Christmas spirit – it’s a must watch!

Try some Halloween crafts or make the costume!

There’s loads of Halloween crafts you and your kids can get stuck into. Cotton wool is your friend. If you have some spare card to hand, cut it out in a ghost shape. Get your kids to stick some cotton wool and some eyes on and you have yourself a ghost! You can always get your kids making a 3D skeleton picture – be it a cute skeleton or scary one!

There’s so much fun you can have with a cardboard box too! A popular morning TV show in the UK called “This Morning” featured loads of amazing costume ideas with a cardboard box. Remember a Halloween costume doesn’t need to be scary, it just needs to be fun! One of my favourites involved turning your kid into a giant lego brick! All you need is a cardboard box and some cardboard dinner plates. Watch this video to find out what they did!

Make some Halloween Snacks

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From decorating biscuits to mummified hot sausages, there’s a world of possibilities out there. Get some ready-rolled puff pastry. Cut it into strips and wrap the pastry around the sausages. Imagine your pastry is a mummy’s bandage. Ketchup will be great for the blood! For the eyes, try a dollop of your favourite sauce or small circles of your pastry. Why not try turning them into fingers and carving finger shapes into your sausage!

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For a healthier option, you’ll need some seeds, strawberries, chocolate drops, and apples.

With some careful cuts with a knife you’ll be able to make some scary jaws. Peanut butter or icing is really useful to stick all the bits on! For more details on this make click here.

How to Photograph Fireworks

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Remember the 5th of November – and your firework pictures! I used to really struggle with these shots until this summer at the Bournemouth Summer Fireworks, but practice makes perfect! Remember that your camera is on a mission to convert your photo to almost daylight. The problem I kept coming up against was camera shake and a completely white photo so using the right settings will help you fight against this! Have a read of my top tips to get the perfect firework photos.  

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Advance preparation will really help you get the best shots. A quick google will bring up some of your local firework displays. Then scout out the location beforehand and pick the spot you’re after. In Bournemouth, the key for us wasn’t to get as close as possible but to get the best foreground. When it comes to framing the shot – anticipate where the bursts will be. This means you can position your camera in the best place to capture all the action. The best photos of fireworks have something in the foreground – pick whatever that is and set your camera to focus on it!

Switch off your flash and enter night mode

Some cameras have a night mode, if you’re after firework pictures then this is the one you want! If you’re using a phone some of these settings will still apply so keep reading on. You won’t be needing the flash – have a read on to set your ISO. This will act to brighten the scene.

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Set your exposure and use a tripod!

Camera shake is something to avoid with fireworks – go for really crisp lines for the fireworks. Go for a medium shutter speed of about 1 second to start of with. Once you have a baseline – try experimenting with speeds of between 1 and 6 seconds. It might be worth investing in a remote release. This will help with camera shake as you won’t risk moving the camera at the moment you press the shutter!

Set your ISO and aperture.

In previous posts we’ve talked about what ISO is  – the light sensitivity setting on your camera. In firework photos a high ISO is where you need to be! Aperture is a bit harder to get right because fireworks aren’t always in the same place – go for a mid range aperture somewhere around f8. Rememeber to experiment – if you need to you’ll probably need to raise this number!

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Summer Fireworks at Bournemouth Pier from @WildlifeClaire on Instagram

Recording your Holiday Memories

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Christmas  – yes the dreaded c- word isn’t that far away! Before I get too carried away – you probably have the half term holidays to go first. Whether or not you’re heading away for the holidays, recording your family memories will be high up the priority list. When you’re on holiday, how do you make the most of the location and get great photos you can look back on for years to come?

Pick your places – Google Maps is your friend!

It can seem like a bit of a minefield but read on for some easy tips to do just that. The first thing to do is to scout out the places you want to visit. This could be anything from the local sealife centre to the town centre or seafront. The places you visit don’t have to be expensive – they can even be free! It’s a good move to start your holiday with a selection of places to cater for all weathers – a walk along the seaside in the pouring rain might not be your favourite thing to do!

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Keep your eyes open

After you’ve picked the places – be sure to keep your eyes open! For me, taking photos on holiday is all about picking up the small details – that’s what I want to remember! Look around you and at all angles. The best pictures can come from the most unusual places. Keep an eye out for a natural frame. This could be from trees or some kind of building with an unusual viewpoint. Or perhaps it’s the prime location for a family photo? When you’re out somewhere special keep in mind what you can and can’t replicate at home. Sometimes I find that video is the best way of capturing every angle, the atmosphere and day as a whole.

Let the camera do the work

Let the camera do the work. Unless you’re a pro photographer, let the camera help you out where it can! By all means experiment but don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to know everything about it before you begin. Use the ‘auto’ mode to your advantage! If you’re using a DSLR and fancy taking it a bit further – try moving your camera onto the ‘A’ mode. This is aperture priority and the mode you can use to give you a bit more control of your camera. Aperture priority allows you to set an ‘f’ number. For anything close up, choose a low f number (think flowers and your pets for this mode!), as you go more towards cityscapes and landscapes increase your f number.

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Use your angles…

It’s amazing what angle can do for a photo! Even if you look a bit weird, get down low or high on your subject. Pick a focus for your picture – what do you want people to look at? It goes without saying – make sure you’re safe when you do this! Crouching down at the waters edge could cause you way more issues than you fancy, even if it’s just wet clothes! If you’re taking a picture of an animal, it helps to get down to their level – see things from their perspective!

Remember the food

Everyone needs to eat, right? Food is by far my favourite part of going on holiday. If you’re going abroad it’s a chance to sample the culture of that particular country.  Even the way they dine can be a unique photo opportunity – think alfresco dinners across central Europe! Independent coffee shops can be hidden gems as far as photography is concerned. Some can have artwork hung up or cute displays. Failing that – I always say cake is a work of art! 

Back your photos up!

This the most vital step of all. I’d always reccomend backing up your photos in more than one place, in case something happens! There’s so many cloud storing platforms you can choose – Google Photos, Dropbox and Amazon Photos are all good options. Remember that even just uploading them to a social media platform is one way to back your memories up.

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Whether you’re after glitz and glam or something for free, fun can be found in the strangest of ways!